Protesters Storm Tennessee Capitol Demanding Gun Control | JP
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A group of around 400 people rushed into the Tennessee state capitol building in Nashville on Thursday morning to protest for stricter gun laws following the mass shooting at the Covenant School earlier this week.
Around 500 protesters gathered around 8:00 a.m. local time before a large group of them moved into the capitol building carrying signs and shouting “What do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!”
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A Tennessee nonprofit called WAKE planned the protest. The group seeks to improve conditions for women and children, according to The New York Post.
“We have collaborated with community organizations and individual citizens to organize a rally at the State Capitol Thursday morning. If you are looking for a way to channel your grief, anger, and confusion into action- please join us,” WAKE wrote in a social media post earlier this week.
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Capitol police escorted members of the legislature to the restroom as protesters crowded and shouted.
On Monday morning, a 28-year-old female shooter who identified as a man, shot her way into the Covenant School in Nashville before murdering three adults and three 9-year-old children. The shooter was engaged by police on the second level of the school around 10:27 a.m., 14 minutes after the first call was made to police, Nashville authorities said in a press conference. Nashville Police Chief John Drake said the shooting was a “targeted attack.”